Podcasts Run with Fitpage Ep 56: Rodger Kram, PhD, Talks all about Carbon Shoes: Evolution, Science, and Suitability
Ep 56: Rodger Kram, PhD, Talks all about Carbon Shoes: Evolution, Science, and Suitability

Ep 56: Rodger Kram, PhD, Talks all about Carbon Shoes: Evolution, Science, and Suitability

Rodger Kram, Ph.D., is an associate professor emeritus in the Integrative Physiology Dept. at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he directs the Locomotion Laboratory. His primary research interest is the biomechanical basis for the energetic cost of locomotion. In this episode of Run with Fitpage, Dr. Kram talks about carbon-plated shoes with our host Vikas Singh.
Episode Summary:
00:00 – About this episode
02:22 – Welcome Dr. Kram to the show!
05:08 – The hype around carbon-plated shoes
09:16 – What are the old and new soles, and how are they making a difference?
13:40 – What are the additional features of a carbon-plated shoe?
25:14 – Do the shoes have something to do with the strike?
27:36 – Suitability: Who is this shoe suited for?
33:52 – Will it be of help to a 3:30 or 4;30 marathoner?
38:58 – Is the shoe equally good for heavier/overweight runners too?
42:14 – What is the next magic shoe?
48:44 – Dr. Kram’s plans going ahead
Guest Profile:
Rodger earned his B.A. in Biology at Northwestern University, M.S. at Penn State, Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard. He was a post-doc then assistant professor at UC Berkeley until 2000. He served as president of the American Society of Biomechanics in 2008 and was the ASB Borelli award winner for lifetime career accomplishments in 2015. One of his most incredible pride is that all of his Ph.D. students and post-docs have found gainful employment in science, and most are tenure track faculty at major research universities. He has published approximately 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles in prestigious journals, including Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the Royal Society.
About Vikas Singh:
Vikas Singh, an MBA from Chicago Booth, worked at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, APGlobale and Reliance before coming up with an idea of democratizing fitness knowledge and helping beginners get on a fitness journey. Vikas is an avid long-distance runner, building fitpage to help people learn, train, and move better.
For more information on Vikas, or to leave any feedback and requests, you can reach out to him via the channels below:
Instagram: @vikas_singhh
LinkedIn: Vikas Singh
Gmail: vikas@fitpage.in
Twitter: @vikashsingh1010
About the Podcast: Run with Fitpage
This podcast series is built to bring science and research from the endurance sports industry. These may help you learn and implement these in your training, recovery, and nutrition journey. We invite coaches, exercise scientists, researchers, nutritionists, doctors, and inspiring athletes to come and share their knowledge and stories with us. So, whether you’re just getting started with running or want to get better at it, this podcast is for you!
This podcast has been recorded via Zoom Conferencing.